24 years ago…

November 6th, 1984, I, Jena Renae Smith, was born into this world. November 6th, 1984, life as I knew it in the womb was changed forever. November 6th, 1984, I was a precious human life that had been spared from abortion because my parents ‘chose life.’ November 6th, 1984, my parents met their second daughter for the first time face to face. November 6th, 1984, God had given my Mom and Dad a gift in the form of a 7# 4.5 oz and 18.5 inches long healthy baby girl. November 6th, 1984, was the consummation of God’s handiwork as He had made me “fearfully and wonderfully.”

But even more significant than November 6th, 1984, were the 9 months prior when the great Creator was molding me, shaping me, and perfecting me to be exactly who He wanted me to be. Every physical feature, every personality trait, every tiny little thing about me He designed…so delicately, so beautifully, so intricately. All the days of my life were being planned out even before I was one day old. Psalm 139, written by David, is most certainly fitting to post on such a day as today…

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.
 4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
         But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
 5 You have hedged me behind and before,
         And laid Your hand upon me.
 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
         It is high, I cannot attain it.
         
 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
         Or where can I flee from Your presence?
 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
         If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
 9 If I take the wings of the morning,
         And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
         And Your right hand shall hold me.
 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
         Even the night shall be light about me;
 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
         But the night shines as the day;
         The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
         
 13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.
         
 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
         How great is the sum of them!
 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
         When I awake, I am still with You.
         
 19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
         Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
 20 For they speak against You wickedly;
         Your enemies take Your name in vain.
 21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
         And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
 22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
         I count them my enemies.
         
 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
         Try me, and know my anxieties;
 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
         And lead me in the way everlasting.

And to this day, 24 years later, God is still molding me into who He wants me to be.  

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